N.B. to keep status quo for French immersion entry point for now

New Brunswick's Tory government says it will keep the status quo for the French immersion entry point for now.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy says that while the current system has failed to produce bilingual graduates, a change in the entry point at this time would only be a partial response to larger challenges facing the province's education system.

CTV Atlantic's Laura Brown reports on Twitter decision to maintain the entry point at Grade 1 comes following a survey of New Brunswicker's, of which 9,807 responses were in English and 109 were in French.

Instead, Cardy says he plans to bring together some of the best Anglophone and Francophone education experts for a French immersion summit in the fall.

The summit will be preceded by the release of a green paper on education, and the public will be invited to give input on all aspects of the education system and challenges affecting the classroom, which include composition, student engagement and graduating future-ready learners.

Cardy says the government is committed to having a first-rate education that's fair to all and that prepares students for success.

(With files from CTV Atlantic's Laura Brown and Bell Media's Charles Renshaw)